Hometown: Fall River, MA
Homelake: South Watuppa
Occupation: Pro Staff @ Boag Hog Baits / Substance Abuse Counselor
Children: Hayleigh Dootson
Boat: Custom 15ft Tracker
Favorite Species of Fish: Larry and Loretta Largemouth, Saul and Sally Smallstein
Favorite Techniques: Punching Heavy Mats, Flipping, Pitching, Drop Shotting, Frogging
Favorite Quotes: I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6, So, this is what it's all about Manny? Next time you cut through my yard you go around!
Likes: Conspiracy Theories, Shameless, His Cat Smokey
Dislikes: Woo Hoo'ers, ya you know the drunk guy with 5 of his buddies on board, towing around another drunk guy around the lake on a tube, who has the whole lake to do it on, but insists on circling the area your fishing while repeatedly, while they all scream WOOOO HOOOO! -- Saltwater Fisherman who believe that Local Lakes and Ponds are places to wash their boat after a day on the Ocean.The bucket brigade.
Inspired By: Mike Iaconelli, Those who achieve what others say is unachievable
About Me: Neil Dootson was born and bred on the shores of south Watuppa Pond in Fall River,Ma. he spent his childhood being indoctrinated in the ways of the water and the lifestyle of a fisherman by his grandfather,Westy,Who was never to busy to take his grandson fishing.
Over the years,Neils love for bass fishing intensified,But was sidelined as a teen and swept away by the drug ridden underworld of "Troy City"amidst years of turmoil and tragedy,and a life divided between street corners,boarded up houses and jail cells in the late 90's.Neil remembers watching up-and-comer Mike Iaconelli's story air on espn.Inspired,Neil swore that one day he would escape the chaos;That one day he too would chase his dreams until he caught them,That one day,he would be a professional bass fisherman.
After years of struggling.always clinging to the last shred of faith,in early 2008 Neil Dootson began to turn his life around.Four years later,he is able to give back to his community,working as a substance abuse counselor in the same city where he grew up.Working with hopeless and the homeless,inspiring and assisting them in turning their lives around,Neil leads by example in his career encouraging others to follow their dreams,which helps fund his own dream.. of one day making the Bass Master Classic.
They don't call him "Sinista" for nothing!